Published On: Sat, Sep 10th, 2016

‘I can handle 10 people like you,” Afridi tells journalist


Shahid+Afridi+Pakistan+Press+Conference+ICC+F9tWZnm3KWTlKARACHI: “Main Abhi Bhi Aap Jesay 10 ko Sanbhal Skta Hun,” (I can handle ten of your kind), said Afridi, when asked if he thinks he is fit enough to return to national side.

Talking to media, the all-rounder said that he is currently focusing on domestic and county cricket and is in talks with a number of clubs for league matches.

“When I come of age, I will myself retire and would not allow anyone to throw me out,” said Afridi.

The star cricketer added that he also talked to selection committee head Inzamamul Haq and told him that he is free to give chances to youngsters but “I am still available if you need me in any format of the game.

He warned media, not to act as selection committee and give the players including T20 captain Sarfraz and ODI skipper Azhar Ali to prove themselves.

“No doubt, Azhar Ali could not perform as a captain but media should not pressurise him. Sarfraz did well in his first game as a skipper but media should not put pressure on both,” said Afridi.

PCB should clear Afridi’s fate in T20 format

Former leg spinner Abdul Qadir believes the Twenty20 format is incomplete without aggressive Shahid Afridi saying if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doesn’t see the all-rounder in its future plans then it should convey him beforehand. Qadir said Thursday the PCB selectors should not waste Afridi’s time, experience and age. “We can still get a lot out of Afridi if we use him properly,” he said. “But if the selectors don’t see his place in the team anymore then they should inform him in a proper way.” He said senior players like Shoaib Malik and others who perform once in a blue moon should be dropped permanently from the team and instead youngsters should be given the chance. “If we have to lose while having the seniors in the team then why not to include youngsters and groom them for the future,” he maintained.

He also praised T20 skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for the victory over England in one-off T20. “Sarfraz is a match winner. He just focuses on his game and is a team leader. T20 will go a long way under
his captaincy.”

Qadir said Azhar Ali should also be removed from ODI captaincy and should play Tests only. “Sarfraz should also be given the ODI captaincy as Azhar is a very weak captain.” Qadir said he has also been a chief selector and if he would have to choose the ODI team then his players would be Salman Butt, Ahmad Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Abdul Razzaq (depending on fitness), Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan, Danish Kaneria, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Aamer Yamin and Muhammad Nawaz. Qadir said the PCB is doing injustice with Kaneria and is damaging his career. “Kaneria should be given back his bread and butter.” He said pacer Mohammad Amir was being given undue favour by the PCB as his performance in the series against England has not been up to the mark. “Sohail Khan has performed way better than Amir in the Test series against England but the selectors ignored him in the T20.” Amir bagged 12 wickets in the Test series while Sohail grabbed 13 wickets in just two Test matches.

Courtesy: ARY & DT

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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